Mental Health and Substance Abuse


The NE LHIN funds 21 addiction health service providers and 31 mental health service providers who offer a range of treatment and prevention programs throughout the region.

Mental Health and Addictions issues have a significant impact on the delivery of health care and the quality of life for those living in North East Ontario.

The North East LHIN has higher percentages of people whose health practices are known to compromise health status when compared to Ontario. These include:

  • daily smokers, 26.8% vs. 20.6%
  • exposure to second hand smoke at home, 9.6% vs. 5.7%
  • exposure to second hand smoke in vehicles, 13.2% vs. 8.0%
  • adults who are current drinkers reporting heavy drinking, 26.5% vs. 21.1%.

North East LHIN Addiction Services Review

Engaged by the North East LHIN, Dr. Brian Rush, a Scientist Emeritus and former Head of Health Systems Research at the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), undertook this comprehensive analysis of strengths, gaps, and challenges faced by Northerners accessing addiction services.  Access, coordination and system sustainability are three themes of the report’s findings which are in keeping with the NE LHIN’s current priorities for enhanced patient care across Northeastern Ontario.

Mental Health & Addictions Services Review Blueprint

January 26, 2016 -- Health Sciences North (HSN) and the North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) received a Blueprint report which stemmed from a review of mental health and addiction services in Northeastern Ontario.

The Blueprint provides NBRHC and HSN with key areas of focus to help improve the care, more collaborative work to ensure better coordination of services, and work guided by patient and family involvement.

The NE LHIN Board of Directors received an overview of the report and applauded both HSN and NBRHC for their efforts to improve patient care within mental health and addictions. The LHIN further advised both hospitals of the need to keep the LHIN apprised of next steps to implement the report.

Click here to read the report. Click here to view an infographic summary.

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